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Betty M Repacholi
PSYCH 546
Seattle Campus

Advances in Developmental Psychology

Intensive readings from the current literature on an emerging topic or theoretical perspective in developmental psychology. Student presentations and discussion. Prerequisite: graduate standing in psychology, or permission of instructor.

Class description

This course will explore the development of a sense of self, with an emphasis on infancy and early childhood. The format of this course is largely discussion-based, however, there will be occasional lectures. Topics to be covered in this course include: the “existential” self (i.e., knowledge of the self as a co-ordinated experience of distinctness, continuity, agency and reflection); the emergence of self-awareness; the early development of a “categorical” self; the development of the self-conscious emotions in early childhood ; the “extended” self during the preschool years (i.e., understanding the self over time); the self concept and self esteem during childhood and adolescence; identity development during adolescence; early attachment and the development of a sense of self; and the sense of self in maltreated children and individuals with autism.

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The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Betty M Repacholi
Date: 05/24/2007